This week I’ve been taking a look at Bach’s Magnificat in D, and bar 28 of the Fecit potentiam.
Here we have the unmistakeable and arresting diminished 7th chord at “superbos” – the tenor line stands out in taking a slightly different route to join the sopranos on the G#, but it is essentially tight, sturdy and alert…the culmination of an intricate and complex interweaving of all the lines and colours of the previous 27 bars. It might look something like this:
Tibetan sand mandala
Making a new pattern can be a challenge, but if your theme is consistent and true, it will always work, no matter where or how you start, or where you choose to go with it. Put your pencil to the paper…